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SAESI AGMs throughout the country

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Ilze Kubirske – Senior writer

The SAESI AGMs of respective regions were all held on Friday 28 November. The respective AGMs were held for the Cape North West, Eastern Cape, Eastern Gauteng, Free State, Greater Northern, KZN Coastal, KZN Inland, Mpumalanga, South Western Gauteng, Southern Cape.

General comments that came from the AGMs was the success of the recent Johannesburg ventilation workshop and excitement of the possibility of one being held in Durban and Cape Town as well. 

Suggestions of a SAESI year-end function or fireman’s ball was emphasised as this has not taken place in years.

Good feedback on the exam pass rate was given and on how students can be helped to improve even further.

Membership fees and those failing to pay were discussed. Those who pay their fees will receive a membership card, only those with a card will be allowed to use the name of the institute and represent. This card will be valid for a year and re-issued each year as the member pays the fees.


Sporting events were also commented on extensively, with appreciation of how it instills teamwork and pride in the job.

The 2015 SAESI Conference, Exhibition and Training event was also discussed and you should see posters up at your station soon. Enter the training events now and be sure to attend the exhibition to see the latest technology from Interschutz.

The general restructuring of SAESI is a big concern in the industry as it has become an NGO and the business structure will change accordingly, as well as the board and the management of the institute. We will be giving you more information of what to expect from the SAESI restructuring soon.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 December 2014 09:13

SAESI JHB smoke ventilation workshop

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Ilze Kubirske – Senior writer

The SAESI smoke ventilation workshop took place at the Midrand Conference Centre on 20 November, with engineers, delegates from the fire safety-, ventilation-, insurance-, architecture-, and risk assessment sectors attending.

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To set the scene, John Gass, director of SE Controls and member of the South African Smoke Ventilation Association (SASVA) presented the basics of smoke ventilation, fire safety, and the building requirements as per the British standards.

TJ Bezuidenhout, SASVA member and national sales and marketing manager of Curvent gave some insight into the smoke ventilation and heat control systems code (EN 12101), as well as the BS 734 standard and how this can enhance a rational design.

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Johan van den Heever of the Fire Protection Association of Southern Africa was not afraid to step on toes as he addressed insurance and fire risk assessment issues, and how theory and practice differ, with the ultimate effect of poor implementation on the public.

Morne Germishuys, station commander at the City of Johannesburg: Fire Safety Emergency Management Services spoke of fire safety and challenges and recommendations regarding approval of plans, while Trevor Williams, consulting engineer, discussed Computational Fluid Dynamics.

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Ventilation in mines can’t be ignored when addressing smoke ventilation, and Johan Maass, group fire master at Sibanye Gold enlightened delegates on ventilation and conveyor belts, and the testing thereof.

John Goring of The Automatic Sprinkler Inspection Bureau (ASIB) addressed the challenges between sprinklers and smoke control, while Thokozane Thabang Mkhize, action platoon commander at Sandton Fire Station gave a first-hand review of how good ventilation is key to saving lives.

Chaired by Marius Atterbury, Q&As were short and to the point, and the proceedings wrapped up by a reflection session on how these outcomes will be met.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 November 2014 13:52

Exam pass rate improves

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By:  Juggie Padayachee

SAESIFinalExamsMarkedAnother year and the final sitting of the 2014 examinations had taken place in October 2014 with a total of 745 scripts.

We must congratulate all the students for attempting these examinations. After a long week of marking and moderating we are proud to make mention that we had an overall pass rate of 67% for all subjects. Although we were criticized by students for not having contact lectures and study guides you can see that some students had burnt the midnight oil. These results had overtaken the last two years’ results by an average of 8%.

Prior to doing away with the contact lectures, a survey was carried out whether to continue with the contact lectures or not, and very few students and members reported back to us. The response at that time was poor. Records have shown that on all previous contact lectures that the total number of students that attended these lectures in the three provinces were not more than 154 out of at least 800.

Some remarks from students were uncalled for, if you fail to study, it’s not the problem of any member, but yourself. There were a few examination irregularities and these will be dealt with as per our examination rules and regulations. Results will be released at the end of November 2014.  To the forthcoming students, please note that knowledge is power. Please prepare well in advance and use the opportunity to get assistance from the members of the education committee via email only.



SAESI branch AGM dates

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Cape North West
Date: 28 November 2014
Venue: Tlokwe Emergency Services, Potchefstroom (35 Wolmarans St)
Time: 10am
Contact: Cliffie Jones - 053 838 0925 / 083 675 7793 / This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Eastern Cape
Date: 27 November 2014
Venue: East London Fire & Rescue Service (Flat 18, Fire Station Fleet Street, Central East London Fleet Street).
Time: 11:30 am
Contact: Roger Goliath - 079 490 0899/ This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Eastern Gauteng
Date: 28 November 2014
Venue: Alberton Fire station, (In the big hall).
Time: 10am
Contact: Monica Rudolph - 083 278 8928 / This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Free State
Date: 28 November 2014
Venue: Ehrlich Park Fire Station Church Street, Bloemfontein
Time: 10am
Contact: Malcolm Riddle - 051 406 6474 or 082 771 8579 / This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Greater Northern
Date: 28 November 2014
Time: 10am
Date: 29 November 2014 (Sports activities)
Venue: Groblersdal Fire Station
Contact: Morgan Molobi - 083 640 9086 or 079 043 9958 / This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

KZN Coastal
Date: 26 November 2014
Time: 10am
Venue: Moonies Hockey Grounds in Greyville, Durban
Contact: Melvin Ramlall – 031 717 0000 or 0832733105 / This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

KZN Inland
Date: 28 November 2014
Time: 10 am
Venue: Howick West Sports Hall
Contact: Sipho Ngcobo - 033-3923737 or 0823736136 / This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Date: 27 November 2014
Time 9am
Date: 28 November 2014 (Sports activities)
Time: 3pm
Venue: Secunda (Exact venue not confirmed yet)
Contact: Shaun Bekker - 082 333 2507 / This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

South Western Gauteng
Date: 28 November 2014
Time: 10am
Venue: Not confirmed
Contact: M.E Koloi - 011 411 5180 or 083 267 6601 / This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Southern Cape
Date: 28 November 2014
Time: 10am
Venue: Worcester Fire Station (1 Mercer Street, Worcester)
Contact: Previn Govender – 083 790 1007 / This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it



Last Updated on Friday, 21 November 2014 10:14

Ermelo Fire Chief’s Ball raises funds

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Ben Franklin helmet
From left: Elize Johnstone, Gert Stoltz, and Mark
Gardener with the Ben Franklin helmet.

The Ermelo Fire Chief’s Ball, themed ‘Phantom of the Opera’ was held on 8 November at the Barnyard Lodge near Ermelo in aid of the Gert Stoltz Trust. The event saw sponsors, suppliers, and firemen of all ranks and provinces kitted out in black-tie attire with their wives in fancy ballroom dresses. According to Elize Johnstone, event organiser and wife of Ermelo Fire Chief Jaco Johnstone, the theme was chosen to give the ladies a chance to dress up. “The women play a very important supportive role and they don’t always have the opportunity to shine; tonight they were princesses,” Elize Johnstone says.

Gert and Suzette Stoltz, guests of honour at the event, entered the hall through a guard of honour who saluted them as they went past. After a quick welcome to Jaco and Elize Johnstone, and a tribute to firefighters’ wives, Roelof Uys, chair of the Gert Stoltz Trust, gave a bit more information on the trust: “We started the trust among fellow fireman when Gert Stoltz became paralysed after an accident on his farm. It is now a Section 21 organisation, driven by the flame of brotherhood, assisting families of firemen who can no longer do their duty due to illness etc. Once you have been baptised by fire, there is no going back, and we should not let any politics come between the brotherhood of fire.”

SAESI Vice-President Dino Padayachee spoke on behalf of president, Ofentse Masibi. Padayachee jokingly thanked Stoltz (who, according to Padayachee, was accepted at TUKS University to become a ‘rocket scientist’), for becoming a firefighter. Stoltz received his 30 years’ service award in 2012 and acted as Fire Chief in Middelburg from 1995.

To further raise funds for the trust, various art and décor pieces were sponsored by Skillcraft, Marcé, and Rosenbauer among others, with the main prize of the evening being the leather Ben Franklin helmet that boasts the Stoltz Trust emblem.

Mark Gardener, a youngster who isn’t involved in the industry but attended the event as a guest, was the lucky winner of the raffle for the helmet. Since he wouldn’t be able to fully appreciate the value and the significance of the helmet, he gave the much sought-after helmet to Gert Stoltz, who was very emotional upon receiving it.

The trust would like to thank all who attended as well as the organisers; and welcomes suggestions of firemen and families in need who can benefit from the trust.

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